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Controlling Cucumber Beetles

Controlling Cucumber Beetles

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Adult cucumber beetles and their larval form, the corn rootworm, can wreak havoc with corn, squash, sweet potatoes, and the leaves of legumes. Fortunately for the gardener, there are several "least toxic" methods for controlling these voracious garden pests.

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How to Win the Snail Battle

How to Win the Snail Battle

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I have been fighting this battle in my gardens for thirty years and have given great effort to abide by the live-and-let-live philosophy. I have tried barriers - which worked fairly well, still more...

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Oh, Deer

Oh, Deer

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Is there any way to prevent crop razing? Topics discussed in this article include dogs, repellents, behavior modification, and fences.

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Video: Build a Rain Barrel

Video: Build a Rain Barrel

Reduce run-off problems and save money on your water bill and avoid community watering restriction by collecting your own rainwater in this easy rain barrel. Your plants will like the natural water without irritating additives like fluoride or iron.

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Soil Testing Savvy

Soil Testing Savvy

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To grow great soil, you've got to do the groundwork, and that means you have to know what you're working with. Get the dirt on your garden's pH and nutrients.

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Creating Healthy Compost

Creating Healthy Compost

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Should you compost pesticides, herbicides, animal manure, paper, weeds, or diseased plants? The answers may surprise you.

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Composting Hot or Cold

Composting Hot or Cold

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Cold composting is slow and easy; hot composting is fast but takes effort. Both produce a priceless soil amendment.

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Tales of Silver Trails: Managing Slugs and Snails

Tales of Silver Trails: Managing Slugs and Snails

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Before resorting to chemical treatment, try one of the many less toxic ways to control these voracious pests.

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A Least Toxic Approach to Pesticides

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Nobody likes garden pests. Here are some tips for managing them without endangering yourself and your surroundings.

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Fertilizing: Its Mainly About Nitrogen

Fertilizing: It's Mainly About Nitrogen

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Of all the components of fertilizer, nitrogen is the nutrient that plants need most. Learn about its role in plant growth and and how to evaluate the various organic and non-organic sources.

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Mashed Potatoes

Mashed Potatoes

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This basic recipe can be served as mashed potatoes or used to prepare other Irish side dishes: root vegetable mash, colcannon, and champ.

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A Starter Compost Heap

A Starter Compost Heap

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Build an enclosure, add plant material, collect your veggie scraps, and toss them in. Nature will take care of the rest.

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Aphids Ain't All Bad

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It’s hard to think kindly of aphids, those pesky green bugs that suck the life juices from plants, but we probably should. Aphids are the base of many food chains in the garden, playing an important role like that of small rodents in grassland ecosystems.

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Is Your Squash Bored to Death?

Is Your Squash Bored to Death?

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If your squash plants are wilting, it may be because of squash vine borers. Here are some basic steps to figure out what’s wrong, and then to decide on a logical pest-control strategy.

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A Few Good Bugs to Fight Tomato Pests

A Few Good Bugs to Fight Tomato Pests

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With regular observation, good gardeners catch potential problems before they become severe. By hand-picking, squashing, or pruning off insects pests, they're not likely to multiply beyond control. Helping beneficial insects flourish is extremely important as well.

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Cutting to the Chase on Cutworms

Cutting to the Chase on Cutworms

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The name cutworm is applied to the larvae of about 200 species of night-flying moths. Here's how to control them in your garden.

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Biologicals Do a Number on Pests

Biologicals Do a Number on Pests

When faced with the need to use an insecticide, here are a few guidelines to using the least-toxic ones.

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The Road to Healthy, Productive Tomatoes

The Road to Healthy, Productive Tomatoes

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One of the surest ways to healthy, productive tomato plants is a strategy that prevents tomato diseases.

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Hay Makes a Great Mulch

Hay Makes a Great Mulch

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Blankets of permanent mulch keep the garden pretty and productive.

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How and When to Water Your Garden

How and When to Water Your Garden

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Quench your plants' thirst without overdoing it. By getting to know your soil, keeping water where it needs to be, and knowing when to get out the hose, you can effectively water your garden and save money, too.

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